The first group of essays from the 2022 Teddy Rocks Maths Competition come from entrants with surnames beginning with the letters A-B. The showcase will take place throughout May and June with the winners being announced at the end.
The competition was organised with St Edmund Hall at the University of Oxford and offers a cash prize plus publication on the university website. It will be running again in early 2023 so be sure to follow Tom (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) to make sure you don’t miss the announcement!
All essays can be read in full (as submitted) by clicking on the title below. If you enjoy any of them please let the author know by leaving a comment – enjoy!
Oscar introduces us to neural networks by answering the questions we’re all pondering these days, eg. how do Teslas drive themselves?
Vanessa shows us the many faces of trigonometry, including many applications you may never have realised even existed.
Zach provides a brief history of mathematics from the ancient civilisations to three titans of modern-day mathematics.
Zoe gives us a glimpse of the mathematics behind harmonious sounds and helps us to delve into the practicalities of strings and frequencies.
Majid shows us some of their favourite problems as evidence for why maths will never be obsolete, despite the rise in artificial intelligence.
Ali explores the world of topology and how it can be applied to the colour scheme in a Madeon music video.
Charlie strives to reignite our passion and imagination for mathematical proofs.
Segun explains the infamous RSA encryption algorithm and why public key cryptography is so powerful.
Gavin helps us to explore hyperbolic geometry starting with initial explorations from Sacherri.
Denim explains one of the biggest unsolved problems currently facing mathematicians and why solving it could revolutionise our lives.